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Old 03-30-2010, 09:57 AM
 
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Thank you so much for the info. It sounds like this will benefit De. I just hope that the taxes do not rise. I do disagree about the comment towards Whitman and taxes, but that is another topic. New Jersey cannot raise taxes anymore and if that means cuts in other ways than they need to do it. I think that NJ can learn a lot from De. and the way it is run, but I do understand that it is a completely different ballgame. Thanks again for everyone's input.
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Old 04-01-2010, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Catonsville
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While it is normal for Delaware residents to applaud this funding coming to the state school systems, I noticed nobody questions the tax policy that has folks in the other 49 states paying some of their hard earned money to Washington, to benefit Delaware schools. This fact alone is revealing about our general complacency toward Washingtons' interference in what should be the business of the states. The 'happy talkers' and 'right thinkers' at the DoE have as their PRIMARY goal, the elimination of the "learning gap"...always have, always will, and NOT educational excellence. FEDERAL spending on education should always be viewed with a healthy amount of skepticism toward its stated goal, and its fairness for the taxpayer.
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Old 04-01-2010, 09:34 AM
 
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So-called state promulgated standards (and what a variety it is) is why we find ourselves behind the eight-ball compared to the students in at least 16 nations in the world. Our economy is less agrarian than ever before. And the U.S. can maintain its supremacy in the world and maintain the current standard of living by staying abreast of the world and not at 17 th or 35th (health care) in the world. Thare is consensus that time for parochialism is passe and we need to do something about varying standards for graduating from high schools.

We need to rethink our whole education process for ALL the students and not just in Delaware or Tennessee. Every state had a shot at the 500 mill. dollars but it is possible that polticians in other states (incl. MD) perceived that their residents were not ready to be the guinea pigs.

It is very difficult to please people - dog in the manger syndrome - they won't allow (bcoz State's rights - local yocals) to be the guinea pigs but bemoan anybody else getting the money or support their RIGHT to be the guinea pigs!!

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Old 04-02-2010, 07:47 AM
 
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One mans guinea pig is another mans lead dog. Opportunities don't get much bigger than this one. If DE and local school administrations choose to use the money wisely it will be a economic engine the likes not seen here in some time. Build it (a quality school system) and they (quality jobs) will come.
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Old 04-03-2010, 08:28 AM
 
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My post was not intended to minimize importance of DE selection but a response to a "no new taxes for me if I am not directly benefitting from it RIGHT NOW" sentiment that is prevalent in the certain segment of voters.

As I understand it that the funding is meant for improving the accountability aspect of the education...
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Old 04-15-2010, 02:19 PM
 
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We've been shopping for homes for over a year and originally we were just looking in NJ because of schools. But their taxes were too ridiculous to justify. We actually shyed away from DE because the public schools had a bad rep. We then looked at the suburbs of PA - great schools but again...rising taxes. After some research, we found the Appo School District and are now looking around that area. I for one am glad to hear that the school system will be given an overhaul and I think only good things can stem from it. Of course for those who do not want an influx from NJ and PA - this will not be a good thing. There will be good/bad but I think a stronger school system lends itself to a stronger community not to mention home values. It's all relative to one's perspective and what stage you are at in life.

My husband worked on Capital Hill and has experienced first hand how decisions like these can be very calculated and political. From what I read, Delaware's application and previous work/planning was remarkable - there is a long term goal in mind centered around growth. (And not to take away from that - I'm sure being Joe Biden's home state didn't hurt :>.) I see lots of growth for Delaware - more people in Philly are talking about it - and depending on your view - that can be good or bad.
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Lewes, Delaware
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and the winners are,

Academy of Dover $200,574
Appoquinimink $215,163

Brandywine $5,003,399

Caesar Rodney $3,227,192

Campus Community $197,009

Cape Henlopen $2,138,953

Capital School $5,683,477

Christina School $9,922,366

Colonial $5,034,670

Delaware College Prep $81,230

Delaware Military $24,769

Delmar $340,857

East Side $396,110

Family Foundations $219,270

Indian River $3,212,062

Kuumba $219,275

Lake Forest $1,683,503

Laurel $1,453,584

Maurice J. Moyer Academy $343,060

Milford $1,763,698

MOT $17,061

New Castle Vo Tech $1,144,528

Newark Charter $57,248

Odyssey $71,924

Pencader Business $38,083

Poly Tech $256,424

Positive Outcomes $44,916

Prestige Academy $74,271

Providence Creek $218,899

Red Clay $7,908,498

Seaford $3,683,728

Smyrna $1,591,706

Sussex Academy $25,406

Sussex Tech $284,769

Thomas Edison $880,638

Wilmington Charter $0

Woodbridge $1,902,745

ndobo@delawareonline.com


So a charter school in the city received more money than the entire Appoquinimink School District, who didn't know that? Whats even better is Moyer Academy is getting over 300 grand and the state shut them down in February. If anyone wants to see the brilliant workings of Delaware's Department of Education and the handling of Moyer Academy just go to Delawareonline, then schools.
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